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Monday, May 29, 2017

Ane Mulligan and Free Books!

She has a tiny house; he lives in a mansion. She vows to charge a doctor with malpractice; his job depends on that doctor's finances. Can two hearts see beyond the chasm that separates them?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection, featuring the novella, Echoes of the Heart, by Donna Schlachter, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Ane Mulligan, author of the romance novella, Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill, in Coming Home ~ A Tiny House Collection (Penwrights Publishing, May 2017).

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, award-winning author Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), creative and managing director for a Community Theatre, playwright, humor columnist, and bestselling novelist.

She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups.

Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a wooly mammoth … uh, English mastiff.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have an alarming fear of alarm systems; ever since the day I set one off accidentally … at City Hall.

Laughing here, Ane. I can absolutely see you in that situation. You're so much fun.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill.

Nurse Lyndsey Beaumont has more important things on her mind than romance—like saving lives. With a staffing shortage and an egotistical doctor who continually puts patients at risk, she’s got no choice but to turn to the handsome hospital administrator … a man who only sees things in dollars and cents.

Carter Elliot is that man. He wants to save lives as much as Lyndsey, yet if he can’t keep the hospital budget under control, they’ll all be out of a job. But feisty nurse Lyndsey is determined to make him see more than numbers—and he does. He discovers she’s more than a thorn in his side.

When a doctor’s lack of oversight causes a patient to attack Lyndsey, Carter is faced with protecting the biggest donor to the hospital--or the woman he loves.

What is it about Lyndsey Beaumont that will make your readers care about her?

She's a strong patient advocate and badgers her employer for more staff to care for them properly.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I thank Him daily for the way He's gotten hold of my son's heart. He was saved at the age of 13, but a year later, slipped away. After 25 years of indifference to God, the Lord grabbed him in a way for which my heart glorifies Jesus. He is 100% sold out. He will tell you he isn't Christian but a disciple of the Lord Jesus. Everything he does is with Jesus in mind. He's become an example to his dad and me. So if anyone has a Prodigal, keep praying for Him. God is faithful!

I love that story, Ane! Don't we all pray that our children and grandchildren will know Him?

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti. It's a story so many can take hope from. All her books are about finding hope, and she's one of my favorite authors.

Yes, Cynthia's prose often reads like poetry.

What are you working on now?

In High Cotton is set in 1929 at the onset of the Great Depression. It's an ensemble cast of strong women helping each other, and really not so different to my Chapel Springs series. But I love doing the research.

The blurb is:

Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there's iron in their veins.

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

Oh, I do love to read about strong women working together!

Where else can readers find you online?

I'm all over! Readers can find me on my website, Amazon Author page, Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

The book can be purchased via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

First, I want to thank you for allowing me to share with your readers. You know you are one of my favorite authors and one of my early encouragers. Now, my question: Do your readers prefer series or stand alone books?

That's so touching, Ane. Thank you so much for saying that. And thank you for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. 

Readers, Ane has offered to give away an e-copy of her novella collection next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ane's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Gail H. said...

If the characters are fun and the author talented I enjoy a series. But it's hard to wait on the next book.... standalones are my usual go to but my daughter got me started on the Baxter series by Karen Kingsbury and there are at least 17 books in it. Another coming out June 6.
The characters in the Chapel Springs series are so much fun that I enjoyed each one of those!

Paula Shreckhise said...

I enjoy both . I guess I really like series if they are written by an author I already know and love. Some examples are: Sarah Sundin, Roseanna White, Dani Pettrey, Juliana Deering, Beth White, Jessica Dotta, Dee Henderson, Colleen Coble, Irene Hannon. I agree , it is hard to wait for the. Next book, so I either wait til they are all out or recap when the new one comes out.
This book really looks good. Thanks for the interview and chance to win! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

diannekc said...

I like both series and stand alones. The thing that I like about series is that I really get to know the characters and I'm able to relate to them.

diannekc said...

I like both series and stand alones. The thing that I like about series is that I really get to know the characters and I'm able to relate to them.

Voni said...

If the book is interesting, I don't care if it is a standalone or a series. However, as I think about it, I mainly return to series, because I really loved getting to know the characters more deeply. Some series, sadly, don't let us do that, though.

journeystojoy.net said...

I like both - series IF one does not hinge on the one before it to have an idea who is who and what is what.
I'm reading a series right now that had another reader not warned me would have frustrated me no end - HAD to buy book one and read it before I could read book two and there's still not a "Happy-ever-after" so will have to buy book three - ARGGHHH

I love series that has same characters in them - like meeting up again with old friends, but each book has to have its own closure.
Stand alones are fine too - I won't have to worry about reading one before or after. ';)

Loved the interview Trish and Ane!


RosieW said...

I have such mixed feelings about this. Stand alones often make me wish I could have the pleasure of learning more about the characters and how their lives go. Serial stories are great but only, to me, if read in order of printing.

I too loved the interview!

Susan Johnson said...

I like both series and stand-alones. I am reading a series that has 10 books, but as a rule I think 3-4 books is a good length for a series. I am also one of those people who prefer to have the entire series before I start reading it and then read it all together. That way I don't forget what is going on and the characters involved.
A lot of times I don't have the time to commit myself to a series so I really like stand-alones then.
susanmsj at MSN dot com

Pam K. said...

I like both series and stand alone books. I read quite a few cozy mysteries; for those, a series works quite well, even for those that have twenty or so books in the series. Other times, a stand alone novel is enjoyable. There are some three book series that are done quite well too. However, if they closely continue the story line from book to book, I prefer to read them all at once, which means books one and two have to be in my TBR pile for quite awhile, till I can get the third book. I guess it really comes down to the story, the author, and even my mood. Thankfully there are always plenty of good books to read.


Unknown said...

I like both both especially like the stand alone due to not having to remember where I left off

Melanie Backus said...

I love a good series. I get to fall in love with characters and watch their lives unfold in a series of stories.

Linda Yezak said...

Love this, Ane, and love the story about your son. Looking forward to In High Cotton.

Considering how little time I get to read for pleasure, I prefer stand-alones. These days, it's rare I get to follow up on a series.

Library Lady said...

I prefer both actually as long as the series isn't over 20 books.
We have both series and stand alone's in the church library and our readers like them equally.
Janet E.

Trixi said...

Either or works for me :-) I tend to like series a bit more as long as they don't leave me hanging at the end and then I have to wait months & month for the next installment. I lose interest at that point.

Fun author interview! Thanks for the chance to read a book by a new-to-me author Trish. I'm also a follower!

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a chance to win,looks like a good book



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